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Europe in the Neolithic: The Creation of New Worlds (Cambridge World Archaeology)by Alasdair Whittle
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Neolithic Europe is a wide-ranging, thematic survey of the archaeological evidence for the period 8000-2000 BC. The last hunting and food collecting societies of Europe are discussed, but the book's main coverage is the Neolithic period, when agriculture was adopted as the dominant force in European society. Dr Whittle's treatment is systematic: covering Greece and the Balkans, the central and western Mediterranean, central and western Europe. Each chapter ,reviews the nature of the evidence, the environment, chronology and cultural sequences, settlements and the social control of production. Other aspects of social relations are discussed, including burial, ritual, the exchange and the uses of material culture. Major themes are the nature of the transition to agriculture and the subsequent development of social differentiation.
A revised version of Whittle's Neolithic Europe, reviewing new archaeological evidence.
This revised version of Whittle's 'Neolithic Europe' reviews new archaeological evidence.
Reviewing the latest archaeological evidence on Neolithic Europe from 7,000-2,500 B.C., this revised version of Neolithic Europe: A Survey reflects radical changes in evidence and in interpretive approaches over the past decade.
This uniquely broad and challenging book reviews the latest archaeological evidence on Neolithic Europe from 7,000-2,500 BC. Describing important areas, sites and problems, Dr. Whittle addresses the major themes that have engaged the attention of scholars: the transition from a forager lifestyle; the rate and dynamics of change; and the nature of Neolithic society. A revised version of Whittle's Neolithic Europe: A Survey (CUP, 1985), the book reflects radical changes in evidence and in interpretive approaches over the past decade.
Table of Contents
1. The time of ancestors; 2. Keeping the land: indigenous foragers, c.9000-after 7000 BC; 3. The first generations: south-east Europe, c.7000/6500-5500 BC; 4. Old and new histories: south-east Europe, c. 5500-4000 BC; 5. Accents of change: south-east Europe, c.4000-3000 BC; 6. Longhouse lives: central and western Europe, c.5500-before 4000 BC; 7. Unfair settlements and abstract funerals: central and western Europe, c.4000-2500 BC; 8. One foot in sea: the central and west Mediterranean, c.7000-5000 BC; 9. The heart of the country: the central and west Mediterranean, c.5000-2500 BC; 10. The creation of new worlds.
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